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Aphrodite from Lore Olympus

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of beauty and love. She is the lover of Ares and mother of Eros (Cupid). In Lore Olympus, her skin and hair are light purple and she often wears fashionable clothing in either white or pastel colors. Her title makes her vain, viewing any offense against her beauty very personally. If anyone dare to say another is more beautiful, then Aphrodite will exact her revenge. This happened with both Persephone and Psyche, in which she employed her son to seek vengeance. When he fell in love with Psyche, Aphrodite turned her into a nymph so she could live on Olympus. However she’s still annoyed by Persephone.

Jay Garrick from The Flash

Far out there in the multiverse exists Jay Garrick, a different incarnation of The Flash. On The CW’s The Flash show, John Wesley Shipp, an original Flash actor from the 1990s show, appears as both Barry Allen’s father and, later, the real Jay Garrick of his native timeline. (There was some confusion, initially, about who Jay Garrick really was. Long story.) Aside from the winged helmet, Jay Garrick’s Flash costume is extremely easy to source and assemble. A simple red crewneck shirt can be enhanced with the Flash’s signature lightning bolt printed over iron-on transfer paper.

Wonder Man from Marvel Comics

Wonder Man

Wonder Man – the alter-ego of Simon Williams – is a classic Marvel villain-turned-hero. After his family lost all its money to their biggest competitor, Stark Industries, he went after Tony Stark himself. Over time Williams learned the error of his ways and used the powers he had developed to aid the Avengers rather than fight them. Luckily you don’t have to go through such a difficult transformation to cosplay this classic comic character!

A black tank top and black running pants form the basis of this costume. You can also go for a black body suit if you have the sewing skills to remove the sleeves. Red athletic tape for the arms and wrists as well as red boots make up the costume’s accessories. And red gaffing tape can easily add the detailing of Wonder Man’s costume.

human torch comics character

Human Torch

Human Torch, aka Johnny Storm, is a member of the Fantastic Four. Aboard Mr. Richards’ spacecraft, he became exposed to cosmic radiation, which gave him superpowers. He now has the ability to engulf his entire body in flames, absorb fire into his body, and control nearby fire. Did we mention he can fly too? He is the brother of Invisible Woman, aka Sue Storm. Compared to his compassionate older sister and sensible brother-in-law, Johnny can be impulsive and reckless. His catchphrase is “Flame on!” — usually exclaimed upon activating his full body fire powers. To turn up the heat on this cosplay, you can some use face paint, flame decals, or red and yellow tissue paper for fire effects.

Frigga from the MCU

Frigga

Frigga (played by Rene Russo) is the Queen of Asgard, wife of Odin, and mother to both Thor and Loki in the MCU. Though she largely keeps her peace she knows how to stand her ground. And she is not someone you want to make an enemy of. She is a fierce protector and even fiercer fighter, gifts she passed on to her sons.

Cosplaying as Frigga requires a little bit of DIY. Shoulder and wrist protection is hard to find in gold, as Frigga’s are. So you will have to buy them in leather and paint them with the leather paint pictured above.

Once dry these pieces are layers over a long gown. A gold corset takes the place of Frigga’s chest armor in this look because formed armor like hers always costs quite a bit. There are options available on Etsy but they cost several hundred dollars. This corset will get close to the look at a much more affordable price. Similarly the pictured boots might seem familiar to Disney fans but they work just as well for a Queen of Asgard s a princess of Arendelle if you want something with a heel low enough to fight in that won’t break the bank.

Finally add in a long curly blonde wig, a gold crown, and two short swords and you’re ready to defend Asgard. And, more importantly, your family just like Frigga!

Ruth from The Ancient Magus Bride

Ruth from The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Ruth (voiced by Austin Tindle / Kōki Uchiyama) is the shapeshifting familiar of young Chise Hatori, the titular Ancient Magus’ Bride. Whether he’s in his waffle-loving human form or a big black dog, he’s so loyal and ever so kind. Prior to meeting Chise and her magic mentor, Elias, Ruth was the pet dog of a young woman named Isabelle, and known to her as Ulysse/Yurishi. Loyal to a fault, he stayed by Isabelle’s grave after she died suddenly, watching over her in hopes that she’d once again wake up. In his desperation, he became a fae spirit whose presence overcame the graveyard until Chise was able to reason with him. Now that he’s Chise’s familiar, he presents and dresses as a brooding young man close in age with his young mistress.

Spectre from DC Comics

Spectre

Spectre is a fairly iconic anti-hero in the DC comics. And part of what makes him so widely read is the fact that several people have carried the title of Spectre. Each puts their own unique twist on the character from his behavior to his costume. But a few things always remain the same: his ghostly pallor and the stark green of his clothing.

For this costume we’re going with the more traditional Spectre look. You can either use body paint to achieve his particular shade or you can wear a white body-suit as links for both options have been included. Even if you choose the body suit you may still want to use body paint for your face since over-the-face body suits can be uncomfortable very quickly.

You will then need a green hooded cloak, green shorts, green boot toppers, and green gloves that cuff at the wrist.

Destiny from Sandman

Destiny from Sandman

Like his siblings (collectively known as The Endless) Destiny’s name is also what he is. He is Destiny. Or the personification thereof at least. He is the calmest of his siblings and often plays host when the group has to gather for any reason.

Putting together a Destiny costume can be a little tricky as his cloak is depicted in shades of grey, brown, and even purple. As the nature of destiny changes, so does Destiny’s appearance. For this cosplay we’re choosing a brown cloak to match the image above. Invisible soles let you safely achieve a barefoot look while white body paint gives you an inhuman Endless look. A thick leather bound book with a chain leading out from it is the final and only accessory for this cosplay.

minthe lore olympus character

Minthe from Lore Olympus

Minthe is a character in the webcomic Lore Olympus. She is a river nymph and serves as personal secretary to Hades. Because of her insecurities and self consciousness, she is very insecure. This makes her wary of any kindness. For instance, Persephone agrees to respect the boundaries of the relationship between Hades and Minthe. Although Minthe has always been rude towards Persephone, as she’s jealous of Hades’ feelings towards her. Despite wanting to get better, the nymph keeps falling back into her manipulative and vindictive ways. In the comics, she has red skin, long red hair, and pointed ears. For this cosplay, use the face paint to also paint the ears.

Hourman from DC Comics

Hourman

Created by Bernard Bally and Ken Fitch, Hourman first appeared in 1940. He quickly became a beloved character in what would be known as the Golden Age of comics. Originally the mantle was worn by Rex Tyler who gained his powers for one hour at a time through the use of Miraclo.

Rick Tyler – the bearer of the Hourman name since 2011 – has a different look than the one pictured above. But who doesn’t love a good Golden Age costume?!

To start you’ll need a yellow hooded cape. Hourman’s includes a mask that covers his face but that’s a bit hard to find. You can closely recreate the look with a black face mask that blends with the shadows inside the hood of your cape. You’ll also want an hourglass pendant that you either glue to your cape or fashion into a necklace of some kind.

Under that you’ll want yellow compression pants over which you wear a black long-sleeves singlet. Wrap a red belt around your waist like the one pictured above (though you’ll have to trim the pictured belt quite a bit once you have it sized properly). Finish off the look with some red boots painted with black stripes and you’re ready to go!